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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Medical Laboratory science

  • This degree program prepares you for certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (Medical Technologist). You will complete three years of baccalaureate college work and 12 months of clinical coursework, including 21 weeks of clinical externship in an affiliated hospital laboratory. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, as outlined in the University Catalog, students are awarded the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree. A certification examination is taken at the successful completion of a hospital training program. The requirements for certification are established by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. However, graduating from the UToledo MLS program does not guarantee passage of the American Society Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam (ASCP BOC).

  • Acceptance into the clinical year of the program is competitive and reapplication is made during the fall of the junior year. In order to be admitted to the clinical year, completion of 90 semester hours of college work with an accumulated GPA of no less than 2.5 overall, and a grade of C or better, in the pre-clinical science courses is required.

  • The clinical program in the fourth year is housed on the Main Campus with externship sites at the University of Toledo Medical Center laboratory and ProMedica hospital laboratories. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and you are then eligible to take the national certification examination.

The following outcome statistics are tracked and monitored as part of continuous program assessment and accreditation.

Academic Year Final half of class size
Number of Graduates/
number taking the exam
Certification Rates1/
Three-year rate
Graduation Rates2/
Three-year rate
Graduate Placement Rates3/
Three-year rate
Attrition Rates4/
Three-year rate
2021 12 12/12 91%/93% 100%/100% 100%/100% 0/0
17 16/14 57%/72% 94%/98% 100%/100% 6%/2%
8 7/7 43%/67% 88%/92% 100%/100% 12%/6%

For a detailed program description and sample 4-year plan of study, view the UToledo Catalog. The medical laboratory science advisor will assist students in planning the sequence in which the pre-clinical courses are taken during the student's years at the university. Interested applicants should consult with the Department Office before selecting this professional career option.

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Admission Requirements for Direct-From-High-School and First-Time Freshman

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Rates established by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) as a quality measure of its accredited program.

1 Certification pass rate data obtained from the ASCP MLS Board of Registry Certification Exam (BOC) for the following years:

    • Yearly BOC pass rate
    • Three-year average pass rate=

2 Last three years of results of graduation rates demonstrating an average of at least 70% of students who have begun the final half of the program go on to successfully graduate.
3 Last three years of results of graduation placement rates demonstrating that an average of least 70% of respondent graduates find employment in the field of a closely related field.
4 The attrition rates of accepted students who began the final half (clinical) of the program and the last three years combined.

ASCP: American Society for Clinical Pathology MLS: Medical Laboratory Science

The University of Toledo Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), located at 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119.

Last Updated: 5/16/24